Deliciously Tender Korean Barbecue Beef (Bulgogi): A Flavorful Fusion of Sweet and Savory

Deliciously Tender Korean Barbecue Beef (Bulgogi): A Flavorful Fusion of Sweet and Savory


Bulgogi is a traditional Korean dish consisting of tender, marinated slices of beef that are grilled to perfection. The marinade typically includes a mix of soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and pears, which tenderize the meat and impart a uniquely delicious flavor. Served with rice or wrapped in lettuce leaves, this dish offers a tantalizing combination of sweet, savory, and smoky elements that make it truly irresistible.

– 1 pound of beef ribeye or sirloin, thinly sliced
– 4 tablespoons soy sauce
– 2 tablespoons sugar
– 1 tablespoon sesame oil
– 2 cloves garlic, minced
– 1 small onion, thinly sliced
– 1 Korean pear or Bosc pear, grated
– 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
– 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
– 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (for grilling)


1. Prep the Beef:
Slice the beef thinly, about 1/8 inch thick. Freezing the beef for about an hour before slicing can make this easier. Place the sliced beef in a large bowl.

2. Prepare the Marinade:
In a separate bowl, combine soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil, minced garlic, grated pear, sliced onion, chopped green onions, sesame seeds, and black pepper. Mix well until the sugar is completely dissolved.

3. Marinate the Beef:
Pour the marinade over the sliced beef and mix thoroughly to ensure all the pieces are well-coated. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight for maximum flavor.

4. Cook the Beef:
Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat and add vegetable oil. Once hot, add the marinated beef slices in a single layer. Cook for about 2-3 minutes on each side, or until the beef is fully cooked and tender with a slight char.

5. Serve:
Transfer the cooked beef to a serving platter and garnish with additional chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired. Serve hot with steamed rice and an assortment of side dishes, or wrap the beef slices in lettuce leaves for a low-carb option.

Enjoy your flavorful and tender Korean Barbecue Beef, perfect for any occasion!

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